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Completed inquiries

The following is a list of all completed public inquiries and commissioned studies undertaken by the Commission.

Costs of Doing Business in Australia: Dairy Product Manufacturing

10 / 10 / 2014

The Australian Government has requested that the Productivity Commission undertake a six month study into the cost structures of businesses operating in the Australian dairy product manufacturing industry, including costs relative to international competitors.

Costs of Doing Business: Retail Trade Industry

10 / 10 / 2014

The Australian Government has requested that the Productivity Commission undertake a 6 month study into the cost structures of businesses operating in the Australian retail trade industry, including costs relative to international competitors.

Australia's Automotive Manufacturing Industry

26 / 08 / 2014

The Australian Government asked the Commission to undertake an inquiry into public support for Australia's automotive manufacturing industry.

Public Infrastructure

14 / 07 / 2014

The Australian Government has asked the Commission to undertake a 6-month public inquiry into ways to encourage private financing and funding for major infrastructure projects, including issues relating to the high cost and the long lead times associated with these projects.

Tasmanian Shipping and Freight

24 / 06 / 2014

The Australian Government has asked the Commission to undertake an inquiry into current arrangements for subsidising shipping freight and passenger services between the mainland and Tasmania.

Geographic Labour Mobility

06 / 05 / 2014

The principal objective of the study was to examine patterns of mobility, impediments and enablers, and their effect on the ability to meet Australia's continually changing workforce and employment needs.

Mineral and Energy Resource Exploration

05 / 03 / 2014

The Australian Government asked the Commission to undertake a 12-month inquiry into the non-financial barriers to mineral and energy resource exploration.

National Access Regime (2013)

10 / 02 / 2014

The Australian Government has asked the Commission to undertake a 12 month inquiry into the National Access Regime.

Import of Processed Fruit Products

20 / 12 / 2013

Inquiry into whether safeguard action is warranted against imports of processed fruit products of the Australian Customs Tariff.

Major Project Development Assessment Processes

10 / 12 / 2013

The Australian Government has requested the Productivity Commission undertake a study to benchmark Australia's major project development assessment processes against international best practice.

Regulator Engagement with Small Business

09 / 10 / 2013

The Australian Government, with the agreement of Council of Australian Governments' (COAG) Business Regulation and Competition Working Group, has requested that the Productivity Commission undertake a 9-month benchmarking study into regulator engagement with small business.

Electricity Network Regulation

26 / 06 / 2013

This inquiry will test whether there are any barriers in the regulatory framework to the greater use of productivity benchmarking by energy networks, which could deliver more efficient outcomes to consumers. It will also examine if efficient levels of transmission interconnectors are being delivered to support the efficient operation of the National Electricity Market.

Import of Processed Tomato Products

21 / 06 / 2013

Inquiry into whether safeguard action is warranted against imports of processed tomato products of the Australian Customs Tariff.

Compulsory Licensing of Patents

03 / 04 / 2013

The Australian Government has asked the Commission to undertake an inquiry into the compulsory licensing provisions in the Patents Act 1990. The purpose of the inquiry is to assess, advise and recommend on the impacts and mechanisms of compulsory licensing invoked by the Patent Act's public interest and anti-competitive safeguard.

Barriers to Effective Climate Change Adaptation

14 / 03 / 2013

The Commission was asked to undertake an inquiry to identify regulations and policies that may be barriers to effective adaptation to climate change, and examine the costs and benefits of options to remove those barriers.

Strengthening Economic Relations between Australia and New Zealand

13 / 12 / 2012

The Australian and New Zealand Productivity Commissions have been asked to jointly study the options for further reforms that would increase economic integration and improve economic outcomes.

Regulatory Impact Analysis: Benchmarking

13 / 12 / 2012

The Australian Government, with the agreement of COAG's Business Regulation and Competition Working Group, has requested that the Productivity Commission undertake a benchmarking study into regulatory impact analysis (RIA) processes.

Default Superannuation Funds in Modern Awards

12 / 10 / 2012

The Australian Government has announced a 9 month inquiry into default superannuation funds. The Government indicated that the inquiry is expected to commence in January 2012, after formal receipt by the Commission of the terms of reference.

Performance Benchmarking of Australian Business Regulation: Role of Local Government as Regulator

18 / 07 / 2012

The Australian Government, with the agreement of COAG's Business Regulation and Competition Working Group, has requested that the Productivity Commission undertake a benchmarking study into the role of local government as a regulator.

Australia's Export Credit Arrangements

26 / 06 / 2012

In undertaking the inquiry, the Commission is to consider arrangements for the provision of export credit through the Export Finance and Insurance Corporation (EFIC).